His key to success: “You really have to want it. If you really want something, somehow you’re going to find a way.” Jose would get up at 3:30am on weekends to work at the Spring Valley Swap Meet, loading and unloading construction machinery to sell, earning $60 for 10 hours of labor to pay for school. His goal is to transfer to SDSU and earn a degree in criminal justice. He’s determined to succeed.
Jose is honest and hard on himself. “I always have a problem with time management.” Easy to understand considering he works at Taco Bell and mentors FYE students while carrying 18 units. Still he has his sights set on his goal – working in law enforcement.
Jose is making a difference with the students he works with. They ask him about his major, and he’s glad to impart his knowledge. He refers students to services such as tutoring and the Math Center. Still, with everything he’s doing, he isn’t satisfied. “I can always do better,” he said.